We believe in cultivating rural resilience, now more than ever. High levels of stress have been present in our agricultural communities. With the economic turmoil associated with COVID-19 we encourage you to learn more about how to support farmers, ranchers, and agriculture workers as they navigate increasing stress. Farm Credit has put together a Free training for you facilitated by providers and professionals who have experience supporting the agricultural community in these uncertain times.
If you are an individual or an organization passionate about reducing agricultural related stress and suicide in Washington State (or any western state), and would like to receive training, host an event, or translate materials, we highly encourage you to look at WRASAP’s small grant program. WRASAP will fund up to $10,000 for your proposal if it is approved. Learn more with this link
Join us in recognition of
SUICIDE PREVENTION AWARENESS
There is no single cause to suicide. Several factors can increase a person’s risk for attempting or dying by suicide. #BeThe1To is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond. In our rural community, we may know someone who has been affected by a suicide loss or who may be experiencing suicidal thoughts. Help promote awareness by sharing graphics and resources on your website/social media or print them out for display at your business/organization.
We have put together two messaging toolkits. Download and share the #BeThe1To message through your network and social media channels. This toolkit can also be printed and posted in order on community bulletin boards, storefront windows, local businesses, and offices.
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TOOLKIT IN ENGLISH
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE TOOLKIT IN SPANISH
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD WEB BANNERS
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD POSTERS
CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS
Together, we can prevent suicide by learning to help ourselves, help others, seek consultation from trained providers (hotlines and clinicians) and to seek hospital care when necessary.
A Message from the National Action Alliance on Suicide Prevention
Consider ways to encourage the public to be there for someone who might be struggling or in crisis. Some examples of how someone can #BeThere include:
- Check in with a friend by phone or text message to see how they are doing.
- Invite a friend to meet for coffee or to share a meal together.
- Send a handwritten card to let someone know you are thinking of them.
- Learn the risk factors and warning signs.
- Help connect someone who is struggling to professional care.
- Share the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Number (800-273-8255), which provides 24/7, free, and confidential support. For specialized care, military veterans may press ‘1.’ In addition, anyone can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.
Informational Resources for Suicide Prevention
Job Site Posters
Agricultural Work Can Be Stressful: Post at your workplace to increase awareness of warning signs and resources available to agriculture workers facing excessive stress.
Agricultural Work Can Be Stressful (In Spanish): Post at your workplace to increase awareness of warning signs and resources available to agriculture workers facing excessive stress.
Health & Safety in Rural Communities: Learn the warning signs and resources available to agriculture workers facing excessive stress.
Wallet Size Card
Warning Signs of Suicide Risk & How to Help: This resource can fit in your wallet to serve as a reference if someone you know is at risk.
Download English Version
Download Spanish Version
Upcoming Workshop & Training Announcements
Agricultural Community QPR for Farmers and Farm Families (Free Suicide Prevention Training)
Entrenamiento sobre la prevención del suicidio de QPR para agricultores y ganaderos (en español)
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Washington
- NAMI Skagit
- NAMI Whatcom
- Support Groups (including Survivors of Suicide Loss group)
- Educational Classes/Workshops
- Community Presentations
- NAMI Snohomish
- Support Groups
- Educational Classes
- Community Presentations
- Survivors of Suicide Support Groups (King County)
- Crisis Connections Cares: Care Package, Companion Member for Survivors of Suicide (Statewide)
For ongoing, online education:
- QPR Institute (Question, Persuade, Refer): online suicide prevention training for individuals and professionals, can request in-person training for organization
- LivingWorks: online and in-person suicide prevention training for individuals and professionals, can request training for organization
- Rural Resilience: Free Farm Stress Training for Extension Agents to support rural communities and agriculture during this difficult farm economy. Training materials developed by Farm Credit focused on mental health and stress management.
To learn more about additional workshops in Washington State, go to: Suicide Prevention Resource Center: Washington
- WSU Extension helps implement new 988 suicide prevention hotline | CAHNRS News | Washington State University
- Landmark mental health provisions included in defense bill- Valley Journal
- Tough times on the farm – Wisconsin Examiner
- Midwest farmers face a crisis. Hundreds are dying by suicide. – USA TODAY
- A Novel Idea for Mental Health Care in Rural Washington – Crosscut
- Helping America’s Farmers, Ranchers, and Producers When They Need It Most – USDA blog post
- Many Washington dairies are struggling. Here’s why and what farmers are doing to survive. – The Seattle Times
- Fighting suicides in dairy country through ‘farmer angels’ – The Washington Post
- Keep a close watch on rural mental health this holiday season- Ohio Ag Net – Ohio’s Country Journal
- Farm Groups Partner to Help Farmers Manage Stress – National Farmers Union
- America’s Dairy Farmers Are Hurting. A Giant Merger Could Make Things Worse. – The New York Times
- Debt pushed her husband to suicide. In America’s farm country, it’s a growing problem – The Washington Post
- Opinion- Let’s Wage a War on Loneliness – The New York Times
- Changes to Farm and Ranch Life on the horizon as Rosmann helps with Farm and Ranch Stress Assistance Network implementation- Agweek
- State works to implement mental health pilot program to help farmers and ranchers
- Stress Act